Winter a Busy Time for North Dakota Game and Fish Department

January 18, 2017 by  

Winter a Busy Time for North Dakota Game and Fish Department

Late January is sometimes considered a time when not much is going on in North Dakota’s outdoors. But this year with new boat registrations coming in, winter deer surveys in progress and the state legislature in session, it’s a busy time at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Here’s a recap of a few […]

Time For Next Generation to Take Hunter Education Course

January 13, 2017 by  

Time For Next Generation to Take Hunter Education Course

Sunday, Jan. 8 was the official end date for archery deer, pheasant, grouse, partridge and turkey seasons in North Dakota. Just one month after that comes the application deadline for a 2017 spring turkey license, followed closely by the spring snow goose opener. What makes those dates somewhat significant beyond putting them on your calendar, […]

North Dakota 2017 Hunting Season Info

December 28, 2016 by  

North Dakota 2017 Hunting Season Info

In a way, it doesn’t seem fair to start planning for 2017 fall hunting seasons even before some of the 2016 seasons have closed, but for some it’s not too early to block out dates on a calendar. Whether it’s planning vacation time or just initiating the anticipation process following recent closure of your favorite […]

Hunting and Fishing Expectations

November 30, 2016 by  

Hunting and Fishing Expectations

When it comes to conversations about hunting and fishing, it’s pretty easy to understand when someone relates they caught a five-pound walleye or bagged a limit of mallards. For me, those references bring to mind a stream of different fish and fowl I’ve seen, caught or shot for a comparative point of reference. But when […]

Wildlife Refuges Ready To Welcome Upland Game Hunting

November 16, 2016 by  

Wildlife Refuges Ready To Welcome Upland Game Hunting

When North Dakota’s regular deer gun season closes – this year on Sunday, Nov. 20 – it’s kind of a bittersweet end to the traditional hunting calendar for a lot of folks. But for some avid upland bird hunters, the end of deer gun season is a new beginning of sorts, as most of the […]

What to Do If You See Feral Pigs in North Dakota

November 9, 2016 by  

What to Do If You See Feral Pigs in North Dakota

As thousands of deer hunters fan out across the state over the 16.5-day deer gun season, many others who didn’t draw a license will enjoy some duck and goose hunting before the waters lock up with ice. Pheasant season will continue to provide more field time, along with archery deer hunters too. The North Dakota […]

Eight North Dakota hunters ready for bighorn sheep season

October 24, 2016 by  

Eight North Dakota hunters ready for bighorn sheep season

North Dakota’s bighorn sheep season opener on Oct. 28 will come and go with little fanfare, except from eight hunters who are excitedly gearing up for their one and only chance to hunt these special animals in the state. It’s a big deal for biologists at the State Game and Fish Department, too, because at […]

How North Dakota Works With Private Land Owners

October 12, 2016 by  

How North Dakota Works With Private Land Owners

Last week’s column on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open to Sportsmen (PLOTS) program generated some questions about other agency efforts to work with private landowners. The PLOTS program falls under the Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Initiative, which is designed to work with private landowners on managing wildlife and […]

Know Where You’re Hunting

September 21, 2016 by  

Know Where You’re Hunting

I’ve learned over the years working and playing outdoors to always pack extra boots and socks, plan to leave early and get home a little bit late. Jumper cables, a tow rope and extra sandwich are worth turning around and going back to get. Beyond that, one of my go-to bits of advice refers to […]

North Dakota Hunting Regulation and License Changes

August 31, 2016 by  

North Dakota Hunting Regulation and License Changes

This time of year it seems like every week there is new information coming out about hunting seasons or regulations or license applications. Here’s a recap of some recent topics from North Dakota Game and Fish news. Small Game and Furbearer Regulations North Dakota’s 2016 small game and furbearer regulations are set and most season […]

North Dakota Pronghorn Numbers on the Rise

July 27, 2016 by  

North Dakota Pronghorn Numbers on the Rise

Most North Dakotans can relate to the trials and tribulations of how fragile it is to grow a crop of any kind in the extremes of the Midwest. And it doesn’t matter whether the crop is thousands of acres of wheat or a few square feet of backyard tomatoes. It’s not much different with annual […]

Fish Stocking Taking Place Across North Dakota

June 15, 2016 by  

Fish Stocking Taking Place Across North Dakota

Starting in late May, the State Game and Fish Department’s aerated fish stocking trailers are on the road almost nonstop for several weeks, delivering the year’s crop of hatchery-raised northern pike and walleye fingerlings to lakes and rivers around North Dakota. First will come northern pike, followed a couple of weeks later by walleye with […]

All North Dakota Hunting and Fishing Licenses To Be Electronic

March 16, 2016 by  

All North Dakota Hunting and Fishing Licenses To Be Electronic

Rummaging through drawers on one of the few cold and blustery days of winter, I came across a hidden pocket of stuff. Crushed into the back corners were a few of the “old” paper fishing and hunting licenses I used to buy at a gas station on one of those sneaky warm April days in […]

Time To Apply For Elk, Moose and Sheep Licenses

March 9, 2016 by  

Time To Apply For Elk, Moose and Sheep Licenses

It’s time again for what is affectionately called the “Big Three” application period, and this year has good news on all fronts. The State Game and Fish Department is bumping up the number of elk and moose licenses over last year, and bighorn sheep are back in the mix after a year with no season. […]

Managing North Dakota’s Mountain Lion Population

February 18, 2016 by  

Managing North Dakota’s Mountain Lion Population

Charismatic megafauna. The first time I heard that term was not in college biology classes or early in my career with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, but at a district advisory board meeting some years ago when a former Game and Fish administrator used it in reference to mountain lions. It’s a term […]

Now is the Time to Get Your Hunter Education

January 28, 2016 by  

Now is the Time to Get Your Hunter Education

Every year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department certifies between 5,000 and 6,000 hunter education students. This is the time of year when many of those students are looking for classes so they can legally hunt when their chosen season comes around. It’s particularly important for youngsters who will turn 12 prior to the […]

Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment Period Open

January 20, 2016 by  

Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment Period Open

Even after three decades, I still run into people who don’t realize that the Conservation Reserve Program is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. At its peak in 2007, 36.7 million acres were enrolled in CRP nationally. North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota were among the leaders in CRP enrollment, and […]

Mule Deer, Salmon and Upland Hunting Updates

December 9, 2015 by  

Mule Deer, Salmon and Upland Hunting Updates

With the busy fall hunting seasons I often wish I was able get more important updates worked into my weekly column. From deer to pheasants, ducks and geese – did I forget fall fishing? There’s just such a frantic pace of information and I guess that’s a good thing. Here are a few items that […]

Pneumonia Outbreak Means No Bighorn Sheep Season

October 21, 2015 by  

Pneumonia Outbreak Means No Bighorn Sheep Season

This is the first fall in many years that North Dakota has not had a bighorn sheep hunting season. Even though the number of licenses has always been low, typically ranging from three to six a year over the last two decades, interest was always high, with odds of receiving one of these once-in-a-lifetime licenses […]

Think Safety This Hunting Season

October 7, 2015 by  

Think Safety This Hunting Season

What are the most important reminders as fall hunting seasons are in full gear? Knowing the limits? Having the right license? Taking a kid hunting? These are all good, but the list below should occupy the top spot. 1. Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm. 2. Control the direction of […]

Report Poaching Violations to the Proper Authorities

September 2, 2015 by  

Report Poaching Violations to the Proper Authorities

For all the good stories I’m told about an angler’s memorable catch or hunter’s tale of hits or misses, I also hear a fair share of stories without laughs or smiles. These are the stories of illegal activity or suspect practices that people witness or hear about all to frequently. It’s these kinds of stories […]

Fall Pronghorn Season is On Its Way

July 29, 2015 by  

Fall Pronghorn Season is On Its Way

I’ve hunted pronghorn in southwestern North Dakota, and seen them in the wild in McIntosh County and Sargent counties, east of the Missouri River and well away from their population center in the state. I’ve also heard of people spotting them in Steele and Traill counties in years past, and no doubt they’ve been sighted […]

Looking Ahead to Fall Hunting Season

June 24, 2015 by  

Looking Ahead to Fall Hunting Season

Here it is barely summer–the calendar says summer began June 21– and a lot of us are already looking ahead to what the fall hunting season might provide. While some prospects are risky to try to pin down just yet, spring weather conditions can give us some ideas about how various species have fared so […]

Hunting and Fishing Bills in North Dakota

May 13, 2015 by  

Hunting and Fishing Bills in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   The 2015 North Dakota legislative session recently wrapped up. While the number of bills related to hunting, fishing, trapping and outdoor recreation was down somewhat from previous years, it was still a busy session as the North Dakota Game and Fish Department tracked 23 outdoors-related bills, 12 of which were passed […]

Deer Hunting Numbers in North Dakota

April 8, 2015 by  

Deer Hunting Numbers in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   One of the primary benchmarks that North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists use to assess deer populations and hunter satisfaction is the success rate by gun hunters. Over time, a success rate of around 70 percent means hunters are generally satisfied with deer numbers and hunting opportunities. Last year, the […]

Youth Wildlife Programs in North Dakota

April 1, 2015 by  

Youth Wildlife Programs in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   My interest in fishing and hunting began long before specific opportunities we’re designed to encourage young hunters and anglers. The 1980s didn’t have youth deer, waterfowl and pheasant seasons, or special turkey licenses, just to name just a few. I do remember that the local Jaycee’s sponsored some youth BB gun […]

Licensing and Certification for Spring Light Goose Season 2015

March 25, 2015 by  

Licensing and Certification for Spring Light Goose Season 2015

by Doug Leier Signs of spring honestly began weeks ago. For me, the first bald eagle pairs setting up their nests in February is proof that winter is losing its grip, and this year the turn of March brought unseasonably mild and record-breaking temperatures. The annual college basketball championship game and the first pitch of […]

North Dakota Big Game Hunting

March 24, 2015 by  

North Dakota Big Game Hunting

by Doug Leier   While it’s a long way from the nearest big game hunting season, the last month or so has had its fair share of North Dakota big game hunting news. Harvest statistics for moose, elk and bighorn sheep came out in February, followed by 2015 moose and elk season details in early […]

Game Warden Statistics for North Dakota

March 11, 2015 by  

Game Warden Statistics for North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides a report on the number of citations issued by state game wardens the previous year. The statistics for 2014, recently published in the February 2015 issue of North Dakota Outdoors magazine, carry some not-so-positive news: Game wardens cited a record number […]

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

March 4, 2015 by  

Licensing and Regulation Reminders for Spring Season

by Doug Leier   A couple of decades ago March was typically sort of a down time for outdoor activity in North Dakota, but that’s no longer the case. With fishing season for game fish now open year-round instead of closing around the first weekend in March, plus the advent of the spring light goose […]

Watchable Wildlife Program Projects

February 12, 2015 by  

Watchable Wildlife Program Projects

by Doug Leier   When you stop and focus as you are driving or walking across North Dakota, you’ll realize the majority of wild animals don’t fall into the “game” or “hunted” category. And yet, the few species for which hunting or fishing is allowed attract the lion’s share of concerns from people who enjoy […]

Wild Turkey Hunting Season 2015 Licenses

February 4, 2015 by  

Wild Turkey Hunting Season 2015 Licenses

by Doug Leier   Even with my North Dakota outdoors lineage, I’m guilty of sometimes losing sight of how fortunate we are to enjoy such a variety of opportunities. One of those is wild turkey hunting, both in spring and fall. Right now a lot of positive attention is directed at high duck, goose, walleye, […]

News and Notes for ND Hunters and Anglers

January 28, 2015 by  

News and Notes for ND Hunters and Anglers

By Doug Leier Every so often I catch myself with a few pieces of news and notes that might not generate a full column, but are worthy of passing along as reminders. Here’s what I’ve got for you this week. Tracking North Dakota Legislation For starters, with the 2015 North Dakota legislative session underway, tracking  […]

Proposed Opening Days for 2015 Hunting Season

January 21, 2015 by  

Proposed Opening Days for 2015 Hunting Season

By Doug Leier Most hunting seasons wrapped up with the Jan. 4 closure of small game and archery deer seasons. While those coveted opening days are now more than half a year away, it’s never too early to start looking ahead to fall 2015. For many hunters, the long- and short-term planning is part of […]

A Look Ahead to 2015

January 8, 2015 by  

A Look Ahead to 2015

By Doug Leier Looking ahead to 2015, it’s hard not to get excited, or stay excited, about the excellent fishing prospects that lie ahead for North Dakota. None of us who are anglers today have ever lived through a time when the state has had more fishing waters than it does right now. Many of […]

A Look Back on 2014

January 2, 2015 by  

A Look Back on 2014

By Doug Leier It’s that time of year again when a lot of us take a look back at the past 365 days. For me it’s an enjoyable exercise as I can sift through my weekly columns to see how the year unfolded from an outdoors perspective. And it’s nice to have that printed record […]

Finding Fulfillment in the Great Outdoors

November 12, 2014 by  

Finding Fulfillment in the Great Outdoors

By Doug Leier Hunting conversations sometimes have a number of words that are owned and defined by the hunter and the context in which they are used. For instance, a “nice deer” or a “big buck” may not even be on the same page in the same conversation between any two hunters. Sometimes, people are […]

Hunting Highlights from 125 Years of Statehood

October 22, 2014 by  

Hunting Highlights from 125 Years of Statehood

By Doug Leier As North Dakota gives pause to acknowledge its 125th anniversary of statehood, much will be made of its history, and thoughts of how the state will age into the future. And some of that history will revolve around wildlife and the outdoors, from the fur trade that attracted early explorers, to decimation […]

Make the Most of Your PLOTS Experience This Fall

October 17, 2014 by  

Make the Most of Your PLOTS Experience This Fall

By Doug Leier The popularity of North Dakota’s Private Land Open to Sportsmen program has created somewhat of an expectation for hunters. This year, the state has roughly 735,000 acres in the program and many hunters use these areas for at least some of their hunting experiences. And that’s basically the primary intention of PLOTS […]

How to Report a Game Violation

September 18, 2014 by  

How to Report a Game Violation

By Doug Leier With fall hunting seasons rolling out almost every week now since Labor Day weekend, I field, hear and read many discussions on rules, regulations, poaching and “what if” scenarios. Sometimes they’re as simple as what to do or who to call if you witness something suspicious, like someone shooting at ducks during […]

Don’t Forget to Participate in the 2014 Upland Game Wing Survey

September 10, 2014 by  

Don’t Forget to Participate in the 2014 Upland Game Wing Survey

By Doug Leier As a life-long resident of North Dakota, I take pride in knowing that hunters contribute more to our outdoor heritage than just license dollars. Something as simple as voluntarily reporting violations goes a long way to assist game wardens in doing their jobs, and many poachers are caught each year because hunters […]

2014 Hunting Season Officially Opens in North Dakota

August 27, 2014 by  

2014 Hunting Season Officially Opens in North Dakota

By Doug Leier The first official hunting season of 2014 has been open since Aug. 9 when the fall crow season began. While I’d venture to guess that very few people gathered the evening before to strategize for the crow opener in the same way they will for waterfowl (residents Sept. 27) pheasant (Oct. 11) […]

2014 PLOTS Guide Now Available Online

August 21, 2014 by  

2014 PLOTS Guide Now Available Online

By Doug Leier The much anticipated annual North Dakota Private Land Open To Sportsmen or PLOTS Guide is now available. The printed version likely won’t hit the usual outlets such as license vendors, county auditor offices and Game and Fish Department offices until the first week of September, but the online version has already generated a flurry of activity. In just the first day after […]

Game & Fish Department Unveils New Mobile Mapping Apps

August 13, 2014 by  

Game & Fish Department Unveils New Mobile Mapping Apps

By Doug Leier I’ve tried to really determine if my wandering outdoor excursions are a genetic characteristic or just learned behavior that I enjoy. Some of my favorite trips out hunting, fishing or just exploring are nothing more than coincidence or luck. Many times, we’ll set off without even a predetermined plan of north, south, […]

Fall Proghorn Season is On in North Dakota

July 24, 2014 by  

Fall Proghorn Season is On in North Dakota

by Doug Leier I cross-reference many outdoor signature dates with kids and sports. For whatever reason, my mind keeps sports milestones less convoluted than birthdays and anniversaries. So believe me when I tell you, the last time North Dakota hunters were offered a chance to draw a pronghorn license, my beloved Minnesota Twins were still in the Metrodome, and they made the […]

2014 Sage Grouse Hunting Season Called Off

July 16, 2014 by  

2014 Sage Grouse Hunting Season Called Off

By Doug Leier North Dakota won’t have a sage grouse hunting season in 2014. That news probably doesn’t surprise anyone who pays attention to the state’s outdoor world. Sage grouse are North Dakota’s largest native upland game bird, found only in the extreme southwestern part of the state, primarily in Bowman and Slope counties. There […]

New Rules for ND Deer Hunting License Applications

May 7, 2014 by  

New Rules for ND Deer Hunting License Applications

by Doug Leier A new law came into effect on April 1st that requires a North Dakota driver’s license number or state-issued photo ID number for most people wanting to buy a resident hunting or fishing license. Since this new law directly affects the deer license application process that will take place over the next […]

North Dakota Bighorn Sheep Population Virtually Unchanged from 2013 Levels

April 30, 2014 by  

North Dakota Bighorn Sheep Population Virtually Unchanged from 2013 Levels

by Doug Leier In terms of sheer hunter interest and popularity, the question of, “How’d the deer and pheasants make it through the winter?” is asked more often than, “What’s the latest on the bighorn sheep population?” It’s not because people don’t care about bighorn sheep. On the contrary, you’ll find interest from hunters and […]

Recapping the Deer Management Meetings

April 9, 2014 by  

Recapping the Deer Management Meetings

by Doug Leier   Most of us would already assume that April is a busy month for fisheries biologists, as ice-out brings pike spawning, then walleye spawning and initiation of all the other management work that corresponds to open water. Perhaps not so well known is that April is also a busy month for big […]

Watchable Wildlife in North Dakota

April 2, 2014 by  

Watchable Wildlife in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   Pheasants, ducks, geese, deer and other game animals get much of the wildlife press in North Dakota, but if publicity was based on numbers alone, the state’s “other” wildlife would capture the headlines more frequently. Biologists categorize more than 80 percent of North Dakota’s wildlife species as nongame, or those that […]

Spring Season Fishing and Hunting

March 26, 2014 by  

Spring Season Fishing and Hunting

by Doug Leier   I’ve always enjoyed the arrival of spring. I’ve lived in a number of towns and areas in just about every corner of North Dakota, and whether it’s Williston, Bottineau, Bismarck or West Fargo, each has its own special draw. While all of us in the Midwest are fortunate to have four […]

Spring Light Goose Season Regulations

March 19, 2014 by  

Spring Light Goose Season Regulations

by Doug Leier   In case you missed it at the time, when temperatures were sub-zero and the countryside was white, North Dakota’s spring light goose season opened Feb. 15 and continues through May 18. At the same time, while most people probably wouldn’t have anticipated the first sightings of light geese until later in […]

Hunting and Fishing License Fee Increases to take effect

March 12, 2014 by  

Hunting and Fishing License Fee Increases to take effect

by Doug Leier   Just about this time last year, the North Dakota legislature was working through a bill that would raise fees for many of the state’s hunting and fishing licenses. Eventually, Senate Bill 2231 passed the state senate overwhelmingly by a 39-6 vote, and the house followed suit with a vote of 77-15. […]

Hunt is on for Private Land Open to Sportsmen program

February 26, 2014 by  

Hunt is on for Private Land Open to Sportsmen program

by Doug Leier   Most North Dakota hunters probably aren’t thinking much about the Private Land Open to Sportsmen (PLOTS) program right now, but late winter is a busy time for the people who are responsible for the annual PLOTS guide printed in late August each year. As a little refresher, PLOTS is a North […]

Deer Management Meetings in North Dakota

February 12, 2014 by  

Deer Management Meetings in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   For the last decade or so, North Dakota has had around 100,000 active deer hunters, plus or minus a few thousand in any given year. All of us should be interested in the upcoming series of deer management meetings the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled around the state […]

Hunter Education and Certification in North Dakota

January 8, 2014 by  

Hunter Education and Certification in North Dakota

by Doug Leier Since pheasant, grouse and archery deer seasons just ended a couple of weeks ago, don’t blame hunters if they aren’t already planning for next fall. But if you have a child, friend or relative who will need a hunter education certificate in order to purchase a hunting license in 2014, now is […]

Fishing & Hunting North Dakota in 2014

December 30, 2013 by  

Fishing & Hunting North Dakota in 2014

by Doug Leier   Looking ahead to 2014, it’s hard not to get excited, or stay excited, about the excellent fishing prospects that lie ahead for North Dakota. None of us who are anglers today have ever lived through a time when the state has had more fishing waters than it does right now. Many […]

Wildlife Population in 2013 Review

December 23, 2013 by  

Wildlife Population in 2013 Review

by Doug Leier My short-term memory is sharp enough to recall that the 2013 winter lasted a little too long for my liking, and unless April cross-country skiing or snowmobiling are a draw, I’d suggest ice anglers had plenty of time from last December through March to give way to spring. But in 2013, spring […]

Habitat Maintenance and Effects on Wildlife Populations

December 18, 2013 by  

Habitat Maintenance and Effects on Wildlife Populations

by Doug Leier For years, North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists have stressed the importance of habitat in maintaining healthy wildlife populations in the long term. At the recent round of Game and Fish advisory board meetings, that topic got a lot of emphasis, and brought to light many discussions on the “good old […]

Finding Hunting and Fishing Hot Spots: Technology vs. Traditional

December 4, 2013 by  

Finding Hunting and Fishing Hot Spots: Technology vs. Traditional

by Doug Leier I’m pretty certain my wife and kids tire of my stories from “back in the day” or “how things used to be.” More often than not, it’s a discussion about how technology and electronic advances keep people from getting outside, or the capability to visit with new “friends” while waiting in checkout […]

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear : Turning Clothing into Gear

December 2, 2013 by  

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear : Turning Clothing into Gear

Sportsmen Against Hunger programme helps communities

November 14, 2013 by  

Sportsmen Against Hunger programme helps communities

by Doug Leier   In 2013, North Dakota has fewer deer licenses than in any year since 1983, and anyone who was lucky enough to receive a license can only have one for the deer gun season. That’s a big change from even five years ago when the state allocated more than twice as many […]

Deer Hunting Q&A – Rules and Regulations

October 30, 2013 by  

Deer Hunting Q&A – Rules and Regulations

by Doug Leier Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. I can’t find my deer license. What should I do? You must obtain an application for a duplicate license from the Game and Fish Department […]

Bighorn Sheep Population & Gun Season in North Dakota

October 23, 2013 by  

Bighorn Sheep Population & Gun Season in North Dakota

by Doug Leier Most everyone who hunts in North Dakota, whether they actually hunt deer or not, knows the opening day for deer gun season is Friday, Nov. 8. I’d also venture to guess that unless you were one of the four hunters who have a North Dakota bighorn sheep license for this fall, or […]

Game and Fish Studies across North Dakota this fall

October 16, 2013 by  

Game and Fish Studies across North Dakota this fall

  by Doug Leier State Game and Fish Department biologists conduct a variety of studies every year. The familiar ones are those that provide counts or indexes that factor into season setting and limits, and also set hunter and angler expectations. Sometimes, it’s fairly obvious why fish or game populations are up or down. In […]

Big Game Transport Regulations to Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

September 25, 2013 by  

Big Game Transport Regulations to Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

by Doug Leier With all the archery deer hunting activity and the coming spike with deer gun season, it’s a good time to remind hunters of specific regulations on transporting deer and other big game. Keep in mind, these are specific to North Dakota and with the mobility of hunters taking the fields in other states, […]

Waterfowl Hunting Season Opening in North Dakota

September 18, 2013 by  

Waterfowl Hunting Season Opening in North Dakota

by Doug Leier Many hunters these days are bemoaning a downward population trend for deer and pheasants in North Dakota. On the other hand, for 2013 at least, duck and goose populations are in good shape and can provide opportunities that hunters may not want to overlook. Opening day for North Dakota residents is September […]

Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations: Aquatic Nuisance Species

September 11, 2013 by  

Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations: Aquatic Nuisance Species

Doug Leier For good reason, the State Game and Fish Department makes every effort to explain waterfowl hunting rules and regulations that hunters will need to know as they take the field this fall. This includes daily bag limits, species restrictions, season lengths, special zones and hunting hours. Most of these areas of interest are […]

Maintaining Public Hunting Lands & Wildlife Management Areas

September 9, 2013 by  

Maintaining Public Hunting Lands & Wildlife Management Areas

Doug Leier For most of us, the road traveled matters little once we’ve arrived at our destination. Seldom do we realize – or appreciate – when beginning a pheasant hunt across the prairie, the time and energy it takes to provide access to a public hunting spot. When you get to spend a few hours […]

Survey Estimates – Hunting Seasons Management

September 4, 2013 by  

Survey Estimates – Hunting Seasons Management

Doug Leier If you catch a conversation between hunters and hear a reference to HIP, chances are they are discussing the Harvest Information Program and not what their kids or teenage neighbors are into. HIP is a survey method developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a means to collect more reliable estimates […]

Wildlife Surveys & Fall Flight Forecasting

August 29, 2013 by  

Wildlife Surveys & Fall Flight Forecasting

By Doug Leier Hunters are not much different than sports fans when it comes to looking forward to upcoming seasons and learning about expert analysis and predictions. Fall flight forecasts for waterfowl and results from upland game brood surveys will pique the interest of hunters and wildlife managers alike. Along the way, from crow and […]

Early Canada Goose Season Licensing

August 22, 2013 by  

Early Canada Goose Season Licensing

Doug Leier North Dakota’s early Canada goose season has been around for more than a decade and has gone through many evolution’s since it started in 1999. The big change this year is that hunters of all ages, both resident and nonresident, will for the first time need a special license. It’s a specific effort […]

The 2013 North Dakota legislature

May 31, 2013 by  

The 2013 North Dakota legislature

HB 1264 – Addresses the issue of Canada goose depredation that occurs during the spring and summer months in North Dakota…

The Finer Points of Punching Mats With Terry Scroggins and Jimmy Mason

May 26, 2013 by  

The Finer Points of Punching Mats With Terry Scroggins and Jimmy Mason

Punching is a prime technique anywhere vegetation stays matted on top, and is normally most effective on sunny days when bass seek the shade of a roof overhead.

Big Waters, Big Fish

May 22, 2013 by  

Big Waters, Big Fish

A similar trend also exists for walleye. More than 95 percent of the 490 Whoppers in the past five years came from big waters.

May Means Crankbaits On The Tennessee River Chain

May 8, 2013 by  

May Means Crankbaits On The Tennessee River Chain

The key to May crankin’ is to track post-spawn bass on their reverse migration from spawning areas to the main river channel

Walleye Opener – Minnesota ‘Eyes in Shallow Water

May 8, 2013 by  

Walleye Opener – Minnesota ‘Eyes in Shallow Water

When cold weather lingers, walleyes stay shallow and we often target them at night

Go Slow In The Spring

May 6, 2013 by  

Go Slow In The Spring

The key to bobber success is figuring out how deep you should set the bobber, and how deep the bobber is set depends on where the fish are.

Deer Success

May 3, 2013 by  

Deer Success

no such thing as “just like last year,” even if you’ve pretty much always opened the season with the same crew at the same time and place

PRADCO Outdoor new Vice President

May 1, 2013 by  

PRADCO Outdoor new Vice President

The Birmingham, Ala., based company announced that Jeff Kisling was named Vice President of Supply Chain for PRADCO Outdoor Brands effective April 22, 2013.

Two-In-A-Row – Flash Mob Jr. Takes FLW Tour Victory

April 29, 2013 by  

Two-In-A-Row – Flash Mob Jr. Takes FLW Tour Victory

Oklahoma’s Jason Christie threw a YUM Flash Mob Jr. for the win this weekend at the FLW Tour Event on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake. He also set the record for largest total weight for a Beaver Lake FLW event, and caught “big bass” of the tournament.

Spring bighorn sheep survey

April 27, 2013 by  

Spring bighorn sheep survey

Even with the small population of bighorn sheep, interest in their status remains high. This is verified ever year when thousands of hunters, knowing the odds of drawing a license will likely be more than 2,000 to one, show their support for the sheep program by applying in the lottery.

North Dakota Outdoors

April 17, 2013 by  

North Dakota Outdoors

We know that hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation are an important quality of life factor for many North Dakotans

NDTRAX 2013: The Best GPS Hunting Map

April 8, 2013 by  

NDTRAX 2013: The Best GPS Hunting Map

“The product continues to break new ground in the mapping industry and is the best Garmin Hunting GPS Map ever created”

Planning your hunting

March 22, 2013 by  

Planning your hunting

There’s plenty of time to enjoy your outdoor activities. A little preparation can ensure more enjoyable time spent outdoors.

The Big Three

March 11, 2013 by  

The Big Three

Even though the odds of drawing one of these “big three” licenses is small, you of course can’t get one if you don’t fill out and send in a paper or online application.

What’s Your Rush?

February 28, 2013 by  

What’s Your Rush?

In the outdoors, it’s that rush – from a hard thunk on the line, a shadow following a lure near the surface, a slight crackle in the woods behind us, the stiffness of a pointing dog in grass, or the thunderous explosion of beating wings – that gets us out there and keeps us coming back.

The legislative process

February 21, 2013 by  

The legislative process

The Game and Fish Department website provides a link on the upper left of the home page at gf.nd.gov.

Getting Involved

February 6, 2013 by  

Getting Involved

Many conservation issues have a degree of politics attached to them, and within a group, differing views can foster a better understanding of the issues, and lead to more effective input.

Why Regulations are crucial

January 27, 2013 by  

Why Regulations are crucial

North Dakota is fortunate to have a wealth of fish habitat right now, and based on the conversations I’ve been having at gas stations, coffee shops, local cafes, on the phone or online, people are excited about it.

2013 Outdoor Calendar

November 26, 2012 by  

2013 Outdoor Calendar

Calendars for Outdoor Fans – 2013 Outdoor Calendar Don’t miss your date with the great outdoors. If you want to catch a great calendar gift for an outdoor enthusiast, Ucahoot has the products and promotions for you. In addition to FREE shipping on orders of $25 or more, Ucahoot offers exceptional value for the highest […]

Outdoor Photography Tips

September 5, 2012 by  

Outdoor Photography Tips

By Doug Leier If you hunt or fish, chances are you take pictures of your catch or bag. It’s easy these days because small cameras or mobile phones capable of taking photos and video are convenient to bring along, and the automatic settings are almost fool-proof. Notice I wrote “almost” fool-proof and not “totally” fool-proof. […]

Birding in North Dakota

March 23, 2012 by  

Birding in North Dakota

by Doug Leier I’ve had the opportunity to hunt many different places and species across North Dakota, much of it a result of having lived in more than 10 different zip codes across the state. It’s those places, and the people who go with them, that often account for the best memories. While we always […]

Retrieving Upland Game

November 7, 2011 by  

Retrieving Upland Game

By Nick Simonson While finishing up a walk for ruffed grouse along the Saint Louis River in northeastern Minnesota this weekend, I decided to skirt the edge of a stand of young aspen trees which came right up to a stretch of sixty-year-old red pines. I weaved in and out of the last row of […]

Where I Hunt

October 13, 2011 by  

Where I Hunt

By Doug Leier I live in a great neighborhood. While most people think their neighborhood is the best, I know mine is. I’m not trying to pick a fight, but it’s the best I could ask for, with a mixture of ages and backgrounds probably not much different than many neighborhoods in the state. When […]

PLOTS Guide

September 21, 2011 by  

PLOTS Guide

Doug Leier Over the past two decades the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has emphasized wildlife habitat enhancement and hunting access on private land through its Private Land Initiative. Most North Dakota hunters are familiar with the Private Land Open to Sportsmen program, which provides walking hunting access to more than a million acres […]

ND Flooding

August 31, 2011 by  

ND Flooding

By Doug Leier You don’t have to live in Minot, Bismarck, Jamestown, Valley City or Devils Lake to have battled through drifts of snow and waves of floods through the past several months. Like many North Dakotans I’ve spent my share of time working in and through these floods since last spring, everything from sandbagging […]

Minnesota Youth Hunting

August 16, 2011 by  

Minnesota Youth Hunting

Our Outdoors – By Nick Simonson Odds are your introduction to hunting wasn’t like mine.  Sure, I collected the tail feathers and wings from the pheasants and ducks my dad brought home from his hunts when I was too young to go into the field with him.  But with the death of the family dog on […]

Right Under My Nose

August 8, 2011 by  

Right Under My Nose

By Nick Simonson When you stand the world on its head, or do your best to stand on yours, the perspective of how and what things are gets turned upside down and undoubtedly provides a new view of what were once familiar surroundings.  Last week, as I made the move from the house my wife […]

Super Sport License

March 29, 2011 by  

Super Sport License

Our Outdoors By Nick Simonson Many times I think back fondly to reading class in sixth grade at Jefferson Elementary School. My teacher, Mr. Horner, read us a number of exciting books, many with a coming-of-age story behind them, preparing us for our adventure into Junior High the following year. Among the titles was the […]

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